Eco Church – Baby Steps to Bronze

We’re all becoming more aware of our impact on the planet, and many of us are already taking steps to lower our carbon footprint.
The Methodist Church has set itself the bold target of becoming a net zero emissions church by 2030, but that will only happen if we all play our part.
Has your church already signed up to become an Eco Church (or Eco Congregation in Scotland)?
Are you thinking of doing it, but worried it’ll be too much work?
Or maybe you’re already well on the way to bronze, and wanting to share what you’re learning with others.

Join the Learning Network and the Evangelism and Growth Team in conversation with Hamish Leese, the Connexional Officer who’s spearheading our efforts to reach net zero.
You’ll hear inspiring stories, pick up tips, and learn about new funding that’s available to help your church reach net zero.

Free registration

Open evening – Solas and Edinburgh Fringe

If you have heard some of the wonderful stories coming out of these two events the Scotland District is running in conjunction with Evangelism & Growth and you would like to find out more, please join us! Maybe you are thinking about coming along as a participant, or maybe you would like to volunteer, host some of the Edinburgh visiting team or be willing to help set up and set down for these events.  Or maybe you are just curious!  Come along and find out about how you will have fun, be challenged and grow in your faith.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97198603734?pwd=Y1hvd0paeGFDL0V0dEtVMWxrdEh2UT09

Meeting ID: 971 9860 3734

Passcode: 098272

Theology Book Club

An interactive book club exploring theological themes in Jo Cox-Darling’s book ‘Finding God in a Culture of Fear’

How can we live a little more hopefully each day? Fear, terrorism, corruption, fake news… it can be easy to become discouraged by the culture around us. Now more than ever, society needs hope in order to survive and flourish. This book takes us beyond comfort zones and easy answers, and towards a deeper understanding and practice of hope. It offers reflections, stories and practical ways for individuals and groups to find hope in their lives through discovering more about God in their midst. Focusing on God’s intervention in biblical history, God’s presence in contemporary contexts and God’s promised hope for the future, Joanne Cox-Darling encourages us to live more confidently, noticing more of the Spirit in our daily lives, and with more compassion and – ultimately – hope in God.

‘Joanne Cox-Darling has a gift for storytelling, which she uses with great ability to do the difficult weave between the Bible and the world we inhabit. She does not flinch before the shabby hope-destroying culture all around. But she also does not blink before the audacity of the Bible. Readers will be glad when they pause to participate in her buoyant gifts.’

Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

You can purchase the book from here

Each session is a mixture of input and conversation as we explore the main theological themes in the book and begin to ask how this book might affect our own faith and Christian living.

Don’t worry if you do not feel confident talking about theology – all you need is an inquiring mind! If you need anymore details contact Rosie Bryant on bryantr@methodistchurch.org.uk

Free registration via Eventbrite

Good news for all creation: Mission planning for every church

Perhaps you have found yourself asking some of these questions:

  • How do we do mission when we’re all worn out?
  • What if we have big ideas and a small congregation?
  • How do we produce a circuit mission plan?
  • What does Net Zero have to do with it all?

This online conference seeks to inspire you to discover the particular gifts your church/es have to offer the world and to create simple, useful plans for positive action. Through a mixture of presentations and team coaching sessions, we’ll explore God’s call to share the love of Christ in word and deed with all of creation, offering what we have and letting the Spirit get to work.

Maybe your church has struggled to get started with mission planning. Or you’ve made a start, but got stuck along the way. Perhaps you have a mission plan, but it hasn’t yet translated into positive action. Or maybe you’re leading a whole circuit in mission planning. Wherever you are, this conference will help you get unstuck and get going. Presentations will explore topics such as mission planning and creation care, doing mission in small churches, building community partnerships and mission planning at circuit level.

The conference is aimed at lay and ordained church leaders: church and circuit stewards, lay workers, ministers and Superintendents – all those responsible for helping churches live out their calling. Individuals are welcome, but for an even greater impact, why not bring a team from your church or circuit?

Free registration at eventbrite.co.uk/e/good-news-for-all-creation-mission-planning-for-every-church-tickets-825280003707?aff=oddtdtcreator

The Well Scotland and Shetland Districts

Zoom event for parents/ carers, grandparents, volunteers with children, youth and families, and those who would like to see more happening with the young yins!

This event is to try and establish a community to support those of us who have a concern for the young folks in our congregations.

It will be a place to pray, share stories, share resources and ideas, ask questions and build friendships across the Scotland and Shetland districts to help you as you disciple the under 18s in your care.

Even if you are not currently active in ministry in this area, but you still care about the little (and not so little!) ones you would be most welcome as part of this group.

Learning Network is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: The Well Scotland and Shetland Districts

Time: May 28, 2024 07:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/96046285127?pwd=RWJ0aE54akNMYWcwZGxvUWRuMVRLQT09

Meeting ID: 960 4628 5127

Passcode: 467916

Zoom open evening for Solas and Edinburgh Fringe

If you have heard some of the wonderful stories coming out of these two events the Scotland district is running in conjunction with Evangelism and Growth,  and you would like to find out more please join us!

Maybe you are thinking about coming along as a participant, or maybe you would like to volunteer, host some of the Edinburgh visiting team or be willing to help set up and set down for these events.

Or maybe you are just curious! Come along and find out about how you will have fun, be challenged and grow in your faith.

Learning Network is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Time: May 7, 2024 07:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97198603734?pwd=Y1hvd0paeGFDL0V0dEtVMWxrdEh2UT09

Meeting ID: 971 9860 3734

Passcode: 098272

Theology Book Club

Hosted by the Methodist Learning Network, this is an interactive book club for anyone interested in thinking about faith and mission. Each session is a mixture of input and conversation as we explore the main theological themes in the book and begin to ask how this book might affect our own faith and Christian living. Don’t worry if you do not feel confident talking about theology – all you need is an inquiring mind! If you need anymore details contact Simon Sutcliffe on sutcliffes@methodistchurch.org.uk The next meeting takes place on Wednesday, 13 March 2024, online from 7 – 8.30pm. In that session, we will explore “Revive Us Again: Rejuvenating a movement of transformation”, written by Leslie Newton, Chair of Yorkshire North and East District, who will be joining us for this session!. Here is the blurb from Leslie’s book : “Would you love to see spiritual and social transformation? Revive Us Again explores how the founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, achieved extraordinary impact across the United Kingdom and beyond. This is an invitation to be inspired by Wesley’s message and methods and see how, by reclaiming these treasures, Methodism and the wider church may once again transform society. “A timely and timeless reminder that I hope is read widely throughout British Methodism, and beyond.”Revd Dr Martyn Atkins “A hope-filled invitation to rediscover the richness and vibrancy of the early Methodist movement.”Deacon Eunice Attwood “It’s impossible to resist the infectious enthusiasm for God and the Methodist movement in this engaging book.” Rachel Lampard MBE” You can purchase the book from here. Free registration

EDI training day

In-person EDI training day in Perth on 4ThNovember led by the District EDI Officer – Jennifer Radtke.  Numbers may be limited but if you are unable to access any online training, please contact the District Administrator to register your interest in attending in person at Perth.